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  • 1. Alan Menken
  • 2. Who is Alan Menken?
    • Born July 22, 1949 (Alive and producing scores still today!)
    • Composer and pianist for many Broadway Scores, as well as television and film
    • Winner of Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Tony Awards, and Drama Desk Awards
  • 3. Early life and beginning career
    • Menken developed musical interest from an early age. He studied both violin and piano.
    • Originally attended college as a pre-med major, yet changed to music attending New York University Steinhardt.
    • After college, he began playing his own music in various clubs.
    • Little Shop of Horrors was his Broadway breakthrough, winning a Drama Desk nomination and beginning his popular composing career.
  • 4. Major Works - Broadway
    • Little Shop of Horrors
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • A Christmas Carol
    • The Little Mermaid
    • Sister Act the Musical
  • 5. Major Works - Film
    • The Little Mermaid *
    • Beauty and the Beast**
    • Aladdin**
    • Pocahontas**
    • Hercules*
    • Enchanted*
    • Tangled*
    • *=Oscar Nominee
    • **=Oscar Winner
  • 6. Alan Menken
  • 7. Little Shop of Horrors
    • Music: Alan Menken
    • Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman
    • *Off Broadway Debut: July 27, 1982
    • Closed : November 1, 1987
    • *Off Broadway – experimental theater production, often with a low budget
    • Transitioned to Broadway in a 2003 Broadway revival with minor changes from the original
  • 8. Adaptations
    • Little Shop of Horrors was adapted into a feature length film in 1986.
    • The plot is followed closely to the stage show, yet some musical numbers are omitted and minor plot changes, mostly involving the ending.
  • 9. Noteworthiness
    • One major feature of this play that draws away from works before is the large puppet, Audrey II, that begins small, yet grows so enormous, two people must operate the puppet just to make it speak!
    • The originality of the play is of great significance also. Never before was the concept of a man-eating plant brought to stage. The physical actions of the mammoth plant puppet to eat the actors on stage adds to the uniqueness of this musical.
  • 10. Little Shop of Horrors
    • Instrumentation: Music compositions written for a band, yet the film version featured a full orchestra
    • Famous Numbers:
    • “ Skid Row (Downtown)
    • “ Grow For Me”
    • “ Somewhere That’s Green”
    • “ Suddenly Seymour”
    • “ Dentist!”
    • “ Feed Me! (Git It!)”
  • 11. Little Shop of Horrors
    • Plot: A flower shop worker raises a strange, but attractive plant found after a solar eclipse. At first, the plant, named Audrey II, does not grow. Only after Seymour pricks his finger and draws blood to the plant does it grow.
    • Initially, Audrey II attracts customers to the shop. Only after it beings to crave an unusual dinner of human flesh and blood is Seymour forced to take drastic measures to save the ones he loves.
  • 12. Characters – Little Shop of Horrors
    • Seymour Krelborn– the orphan flower shop worker who raises the mutant man-eating plant
    • Audrey Fulquard – Seymour’s love interest and whom Seymour names his plant after
    • Orin Scrivello– Dentist who is Audrey’s abusive boyfriend
    • Mr. Mushnik – the floral shop owner who offers to adopt the Seymour the orphan
    • Audrey II – carnivorous plant found and later raised by Seymour after a solar eclipse
  • 13. Actors/Actresses of Little Shop of Horrors
    • Seymour
    • -Lee Wilkof (Original Off-Broadway cast)
    • -Rick Moranis (Film Adaptation)
    • Audrey – Ellen Greene (Original Off Broadway and Film Cast)
    • Audrey II (voice)
    • – Ron Taylor (Original Off Broadway)
    • - Levi Stubbs (Film Adaptation)
    • Mr. Mushnik
    • -Hy Anzell (Original Off Broadway)
    • -Vincent Gardenia (Film Adaptation)